A former Howard County school bus driver pleaded guilty yesterday todriving while intoxicated as she transported children home from Patuxent Valley Middle School last November.
District Court Judge James M. Vaughan sentenced Wanda Jean Wilson, 42, to 33 days in the alcohol treatment program in a Prince George's County minimum-security jail, and imposed a one-year suspended sentence.
Wilson, of the 6300 block of Forrest Avenue in Elkridge, was arrested after the school bus she was driving on Nov. 27 struck a mailboxand a wooden fence in the 7800 block of Jones Road in Savage. The bus also jumped a curb and hit a utility pole at Dorsey Run Road and Route 175, county police said.
Wilson registered a .37 on a Breathalyzer test after her arrest, nearly four times Maryland's legal alcohol limit, said Michael Weal, a senior assistant state's attorney.
Vaughan sentenced Wilson to 30 months' of probation and ordered her toremain alcohol-free and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings weekly, said Assistant State's Attorney Greg Smouse.
Wilson, who has no prior alcohol-related offenses, also was ordered to pay $350 in restitution for the fence that she destroyed on Jones Road.
After the arrest, Wilson was removed from a list of approved drivers of county school buses, said Glenn J. Johnson, director of transportation for the school system.
Wilson, a second-year driver of county school buses, was employed by a private contractor, Brown's Motor Tours inElkridge.